Storm Use 28 Straight Points in the Second Half to Defeat VooDoo
Friday April 17, 2015
NEW ORLEANS - The Tampa Bay (2-2) Storm capitalized on VooDoo (1-3) miscues to score 21 straight points in the third quarter and pull away to a 42-13 victory on Saturday night at Amalie Arena.
Jason Boltus would open the third quarter flurry by hitting Phillip Barnett from 9 yards out to cap a seven play, 40 yard drive to open the second half. Following four straight incompletions by Adam Kennedy, the Storm would waste no time, going 24 yards in just five plays scoring a touchdown on a five yard pass from Boltus to Barnett. New Orleans kick returner Chris Duvalt would fumble the ensuing kickoff, and the Storm would pull away for good.
A first half of big momentum swings ended with the Storm leading the New Orleans VooDoo 14-13. With the VooDoo facing fourth and goal at the Tampa Bay one yard line, Adam Kennedy's pass was intercepted in the end zone by James Harrell.
A few plays later, Tracy Belton would step up big, stripping Storm wide receiver Kendrick Ings of the ball, with newly assigned linebacker Jeremy Grier recovering the ball at the Storm 12. Garrett Lindholm, who had already connected from 35 and 26 would have his 34 yard kick blocked by Frank Mays as time expired in the first half.
During a back and forth first half, the VooDoo would score their first touchdown on a five yard pass from Adam Kennedy toChris Duvalt, extending Duvalt's career-high in touchdown receptions to seven. Storm wide receiver T.T Tolliver would catch his 250th career touchdown pass from Jason Boltus winning a 34 yard jump ball over Tracy Belton, giving the storm a 14-10 lead with 11:58 left to play in the second quarter.
The VooDoo return to action on Sunday April 26 at 3:00 p.m. against the Philadelphia Soul at the Smoothie King Center. The game can be viewed live on ESPN3.com, or listened to locally on Fox Sports New Orleans 1280 AM. All original tickets for the scheduled game are valid.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Jason Boltus (TB)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: James Harrell (TB)
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Kendrick Ings (TB)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Kendrick Ings, Tampa Bay, 23 yard TD at 1:12 of 3rd quarter.
AFL Highlight of the Game: Kendrick Ings, Tampa Bay, special teams hit in 3rd quarter.